The stunning streaming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s DC comic has been wowing audiences since its August 5, 2022 release date. It stars Tom Sturridge as The Sandman, aka Morpheus or/also The King of Dreams. The show follows Morpheus through his kidnapping and subsequent imprisonment for nearly a century and the events that follow, in which the King of Dreams attempts to restore order to all realms.
Sturridge is brilliantly cast as the title character and recently discussed his commitment to the role with Digital Spy, stating, “I wanted to build a body that felt like a creature and was true to the images that are in the comics. Which meant just kind of… It’s someone whose flesh is burned, and it’s just sinew and bone,” Sturridge said. “As far as how hard it was to pull it off, it was in the sense that it required discipline and exercise and not eating as much.” Also declaring his integrity and his honest portrayal of the character loved by so many fans was more important to him than the grueling exercise regimen “That was wearing me down more than the weights,” joked Sturridge. Serie The Sandman.
6 comic roots
The popular Netflix series is based on the DC comic of the same name written by Gaiman and published by DC Comics. The critically acclaimed comic book series ran for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996 and follows Dream, one of the seven Endless, a loose family of anthropomorphic forces united by Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction. The Sandman it is one of the few graphic novels in history to make the New York Times bestseller list and is widely regarded as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. As if that wasn’t reason enough to watch, showrunner Allan Heinberg was such a huge fan of Gaiman and the original comic series that he hired the original creator as a collaborator on production. The show has also been praised for its comedic accuracy.
5 Thought-provoking topics
Both Gaiman’s source material and the Netflix series examine fundamental ideas related to the human experience, embodied in the form of a god. The Sandman It takes place in various realms, including heaven, earth, hell, and the world of dreams. Additionally, the series explores the delicate relationship between immortality and mortality, and between good and evil. American novelist and playwright Norman Mailer once described it as a “comic strip for highbrows” (according to CNN). Also, the show may be based on fantasy, but the stories that are told are very human. Gaiman told BuzzFeed, “I guess I like to take people to things they’re familiar with from a direction they’re not familiar with,” he shared. “I can tell a story about two people who meet in a pub every hundred years and talk about time, history, the evolution of mankind and what friendship is. The stories contain real emotional truth, except they are rooted in fantasy.”
4 an expensive budget
With a massive production budget of $15 million per episode, The Sandman it has one of the highest budgets of any television show in history. The Sandman‘s astronomical budget allowed the series’ creators to bring the intricate and fantastical world of the graphic novel to life. Viewers will be lost in the otherworldly realms, hypnotic dream sequences, baroque nightmares, and bygone eras appearing in style on their screens. With expensive budgeting, however, comes budget rationalization. Which means the show is always at imminent risk of cancellation if it falls too low in the ratings. The good news is that the show has had a captive audience so far, holding the streaming giant’s number one spot for nearly three weeks straight since its release. That said, it will need to maintain a high viewership rate to return for a second season and continue to thrive. With the potential for many more stories to tell and endless potential for spin-offs, we hope it survives.
3 keeps you wanting more
the beauty of The Sandman it’s how it keeps you coming back for more. With the end of each episode hinting at bigger and better things in the next, it’s impossible not to binge on the series. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Heinberg admits that the addictive endings were designed to keep people hooked, stating that “I really wanted people to hit the next episode button, so we structured the episodes as best we could to give viewers moments of suspense”.
two The talented cast of the ensemble
The Netflix series features an all-star cast of incredible actors in iconic roles. Sturridge’s casting in particular was a lengthy process as the creators wanted to make sure they cast the right actor. Sturridge tells BuzzFeed, “It took me eight months to cast my role. It was an incredibly long process, quite rightly so. As a fan of The SandmanIf they hadn’t made a long and careful decision, I would have been upset.”
The show also features game of ThronesGwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, and she’s terrific in the role. “I wanted so much the challenge of playing something very different from Brienne,” the actor explained in an interview at San Diego Comic-Con, “who I loved playing, but I want to play such a wide variety of roles and the fact that [Neil Gaiman and Allan Heinberg] I could see how that character invigorated me. They might see something in me that would work.” The rest of the cast includes Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Jenna Coleman as Constantine, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven.
1 Adaptation is long overdue
If you’re a fan of the original comic, then you know that before Netflix adapted the series for the small screen, there were numerous attempts before. Over the years, scripts came and went, but nothing ever got off the ground. In the 2000s, Gaiman told Mania Entertainment, “I’d rather not see a ‘Sandman’ movie than a bad ‘Sandman’ movie. But I feel like the time for a ‘Sandman’ movie is coming soon. We need someone who has the same obsession with the source material that Peter Jackson had with ‘Lord of the Rings‘ or Sam Raimi had with ‘Spiderman‘.”
The closest an adaptation came to fruition before Netflix The Sandman was a 2013 film adaptation starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, however a change in ownership from Warner Bros. to New Line, coupled with artistic differences, led Gordon-Levitt to withdraw from the project. Shortly after, screenwriter Eric Heisserer also departed, telling Gizmodo, “I had a lot of conversations with Neil [Gaiman] On this, I did a lot of work on the feature film and came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or a limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of the feature film doesn’t really fit with this. So I came back and said, here’s the work I’ve done. This is not where it should be. It has to go on television.” 30 years after the process began, Netflix is where it ended, and Gaiman is optimistic about its future.